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Representatives promote engagement with Cuba and economic development in Massachusetts
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Seth Moulton (D-MA-6) and Jim McGovern (D-MA-2) are concluding their visit toCuba, where they explored new opportunities to promote U.S. economic development between Cuba and Massachusetts and continue the progress begun by President Obama to bring U.S.-Cuba relations into the 21st century. The trip focused on economic opportunities for Massachusetts companies in the biotechnology and life sciences sectors.
“Massachusetts and Cuba are both worldwide leaders in biotechnology, and this visit is the first step in what both sides hope willbe a future of collaboration,” said Moulton. “Knowing of the treatments pioneered in Cuba, many local scientists have wanted to work together with their counterparts but didn’t know how to begin the conversation. We will all develop new treatments and save more lives if we can share knowledge, another example of the benefits that come from reengagement between our two nations.”
“With this new chapter in U.S.-Cuba relations, America has a real opportunity to lead. I was proud to join Republican andDemocratic leaders in Cuba this week as we continue to explore new partnerships between our countries,” Congressman JimMcGovern said. “Massachusetts has always been a world-leader in delivering innovative, high-quality health care and this trip helped us lay the foundation for strong partnerships that will help scientists and business leaders from our countries work together for years to come. I will continue to work with our bipartisan coalition to strengthen cooperation on a broad range of issues and advance policies to support partnerships to create good jobs, help businesses grow, and advance life-saving treatment that will help people in the U.S. and around the world.”
Moulton and McGovern, who joined President Obama’s delegation to Cuba last spring, discussed progress in, and futureopportunities for, U.S. Cuban cooperation on a wide range of topics, including trade, migration, and human rights. The congressmen attended meetings with leaders from the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio) and the WashingtonOffice on Latin America (WOLA) and a delegation from Northeastern University that was in Havana, Cuba to explore partnerships in the areas of medical, biotechnology, and environmental research and opportunities for business and university exchanges.
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